.....and since it's 45 and sunny and Garden of the Gods is basically my backyard, it's time to go for a ride! Laters
That's a nice bike for a pass-down. You people are so lucky... we only have one Giant dealer, and I have been waiting for a Tempt since April. More Talon 2s are scheduled to arrive this month, so I'm probably going to grab one of those instead.Thank you.
Well, that's the thing. I am not ready for trails, not really. When I am, this can be my daughter's bike.
yep I felt pretty good that I at least had three bikes to compare (Trek Marlin, Cannondale Trail 5 and the Giant). I would have liked more choices but I'm out riding a bike I enjoy very much, and at a later time when things are better, the supply chain is in better shape etc, I may upgrade. Or maybe not, we'll see!We have many Giant dealers, but it does not help. Tempt 0 that I bought was the only one within 400 miles. The bike shortage is real.
I love my new bike. It's a blast.
If it makes you feel any better, Trek Roscoe 6, that costs way more than your Talon, weights an astonishing 35 lbs.I certainly wouldn't have minded a nicer fork, but for my purposes, I predict this Suntour will do fine. Probably the biggest downside to my bike is weight. My 2012 hardtail Stumpjumper was just under 27# I think, and my Talon 2 is just over 31# using my bathroom scale which is pretty accurate (me alone, me holding the bike, weighing three diffeent times each). At some point, maybe I'll put lighter wheels on it, but that's no time soon. In the meantime, the extra weight will be part of my workout haha
another reason not to invest into a more advanced hardtail. From what I have seen from Tempt 0 so far, it's quite capable off-road, on regular trails. Those, who will want more, will need FS. When I was in Quebec last summer, I was told at bike shops that they don't sell a lot of hard tails other than beginner ones. If people are serious about trails - they buy FS.Bought my son a talon 2 and my wife a tempt 2 for Xmas. They are both happy so far. They both need a dropper seat. Give them a year and they will both be on a full suspension
I've never had a ride on a FS bike, I'd imagine the main benefits are on really rough terrain but the hardtail may be less capable on those downhill sections but may be better on the climbs with less power loss from the shocks? For now I love my Talon and it fits nicely into my ever-growing bike stable. It's the least expensive but the one I feel most comfortable riding around town and leaving outside a coffee shop or at work while unattended.I have just always preferred hardtail bikes. I owned a full suspension for about 6-8 months, and I went back to hardtail. Have been to Moab once, and took my hardtail (2012 Stumpjumper, 26" wheels) and had a blast. Different strokes and all that, I understand why many prefer full squish, it's just not my thing. I also like riding my bike around town, to work etc and a hardtail is just better for that. So a hardtail just works better for me.
It's a different feel/ride on a FS over a HT. A HT is a great way to learn to ride aggressive because it is less forgiving for bad technique than a FS. I think you gain more respect for the trails than if one was to get into MTB straight on a FS. With my HT, I'm always conscious to where my rear wheel is because you can easily lose control of your rear end on roots/rocks etc whereby a FS would tend to hold the ground longer than a HT's rear end. There are some bigger drops/jumps I won't do if riding my HT as it's just a bit too harsh. Maybe if I was younger. But yeah, climbing on a HT does feel better than a FS, though a lot of newer bikes these days have improved their design to reduce pedal bobbing and do climb surprisingly well.I've never had a ride on a FS bike, I'd imagine the main benefits are on really rough terrain but the hardtail may be less capable on those downhill sections but may be better on the climbs with less power loss from the shocks? For now I love my Talon and it fits nicely into my ever-growing bike stable. It's the least expensive but the one I feel most comfortable riding around town and leaving outside a coffee shop or at work while unattended.
I also like riding my bike around town, to work etc and a hardtail is just better for that.